Berrien RESA’s Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) program provides
a positive learning environment, enabling students, ages 5 to 26, to excel! In fact, the ASD Program works with students to:
- Improve their communication, social engagement, academic and functional goals,
and personal growth according to their Individualized Educational Program and Transitional Service Plan.
- Support progress through various therapies and services to address individual student needs.
In addition to the academic, social engagement, communication, and functional needs of the students, students have access to various therapies/services to address individual student needs. Therapy is offered based on the student’s Individualized Education Plans, which could include: Behavior Analysis, Speech & Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Orientation & Mobility Instruction.
Berrien RESA participates in the Statewide Autism Resources and Training (START) Project, a collaborative network that involves educators, support professionals, and families who come together to connect, share and grow to better teach students on the autism spectrum. The focus of the START Project is to utilize evidence-based practices in the areas of educational programming, professional development, and parent-professional collaboration.
Staff work with students to help them become as independent as possible. This includes teaching students how to use assistive technology, navigate in different environments, practice hygiene skills, exercise good decision-making skills, and understanding consequences of actions (both positive and negative).
"Staff really care about our students. They are creative, dedicated and willing to go the extra mile to help students recognize their abilities.”Berrien RESA Employee